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CORBALLY RIVER PEOPLE & LIMERICK'S ABBEY FISHERMEN

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ABBEY FISHERMEN
TOOLS OF THE TRADE
INNURES AND DRAWS
THE BATTLE OF THE TAIL RACE
RIVER POEMS
CORBALLY
CURRAGHGOWER 1951
CORBALLY REGATTA 1952
CORBALLY REGATTA 1953/54
ABBEY REGATTA 1977/78
MARATHON BOAT RACE
SAND COTS
RELAXING ON THE RIVER
LINKS

TOOLS OF THE ABBEYMEN'S TRADE

The brocaun was a flat bottom boat, a type of cot peculiar to the Abbey fishermen. It was a slimmer, shorter and lighter version of the angling cot. This miniature model of an angling cot was made in 1951 by Patrick (Randy) Hayes an ex Abbey fisherman and boat builder. The angling cot was modelled on the lines of the brocaun.

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DRAWING OF SNAP NET
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THE SNAP NET The Abbey fishermen used several different types of snap nets varying in length and depth. A typical net used for salmon was 39 ft. long by 56 to 58 meshes deep, the size of the mesh varied between 4 and 6 ins.

The net was mounted on two ropes. The top rope was called the SUNA, the bottom rope was called the CLOSHUAINE. On the two bottom corners of the net there was a stiff rope called the BUNA, the net stones were attached to this. 

 

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This drawing is a rough idea of how the net would have looked under water as it is being dragged behind the brocauns.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Net Stones were made of limestone and had grooves cut in them, to save the ropes from undue wear, as they were dragged over the bottom of the river. The net stones varied in weight for use in different river conditions, but an average weight was 2 pounds.
 
 
 
 

POLE - Made of ash
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Approx. 10 to 11 ft. long and about 2.5 ins. in diameter, it had an iron ferrule at one end.
PADDLE
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Handle made of ash with oak blade
THE CRIOSTOIR
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Could be any piece of heavy wood with a thong attached. Used for killing fish.
SOPS
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Sops were hay ropes or sugans. The fishermen wrapped them around their legs to keep out water.